Everything You Need To Know About The Famous McKinsey Report ‘Why Diversity Matters’ [Report Breakdown]

The McKinsey Report:  Why Diversity Matters is one of the most cited sources used to justify the business case for diversity in organisations.

Find out why I think it is one of the most misrepresented or misquoted reports!

Here are some key messages from this episode:

  • Why the McKinsey Report: Diversity Matters is important
  • Key findings of the report.
  • Key limitations of the report and much much more

People generally use this report as evidence to support their argument when claiming that diversity is good for business

“a panellist actually cited the report as proof that diversity is good for business and then later admitted on stage that they hadn’t read the report, just the executive summary.

The report is often misrepresented or misquoted

“and I’m talking about leaders, keynote speakers, Diversity & Inclusion Practitioners. People claiming authority on this topic.” 

The rhetoric that got us here isn’t going to get us to where we need to be

“and that means having a clear understanding of what we’re talking about and the strength and the limitations of any evidence that we’re relying upon in our arguments”.

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

The McKinsey Report: Why Diversity Matters

Why Diversity Matters Article 

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